DVD 113 mins IMDB 7.4 (45,160 votes)
Miramax (2002)
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(2004 )
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Musical
USA  /  English

Taye Diggs The Bandleader
Clive Saunders Stage Manager
Catherine Zeta-Jones Velma Kelly
Renée Zellweger Roxie Hart
Dominic West Fred Casely
Jayne Eastwood Mrs. Borusewicz
Bruce Beaton Police photographer
Romano Prada Sgt. Fogarty
John C. Reilly Amos Hart
Colm Feore Asst. Dist. Atty. Martin Harrison
Richard Gere Billy Flynn
Queen Latifah Mama Morton
Christine Baranski Mary Sunshine
Lucy Liu Go-to-Hell-Kitty
Cliff Saunders Stage Manager
Roman Podhora Sergeant Fogarty
Rob Smith Newspaper Photographer
Shawn Wayne Doyle Reporter (as Sean Wayne Doyle)
Steve Behal Prison Clerk
Robbie Rox Prison Guard
Chita Rivera Nickie
Renee Zellweger

Director Rob Marshall
Producer Martin Richards
Writer Maurine Dallas Watkins; Bob Fosse; Bill Condon; Fred Ebb
Cinematography Dion Beebe
Musician Perry Cavari; Danny Elfman; John Kander; David Krane
User Credit 1 Martin Walsh
User Credit 2 Colleen Atwood

A starry-eyed would-be star discovers just how far the notion that "there's no such thing as bad publicity" can go in this screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Chicago, originally directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse. In the mid-'20s, Roxie Hart (Renee Zellweger) is a small-time chorus dancer married to a well-meaning dunderhead named Amos (John C. Reilly). Roxie is having an affair on the side with Fred Casley (Dominic West), a smooth talker who insists he can make her a star. However, Fred strings Roxie along a bit too far for his own good, and when she realizes that his promises are empty, she becomes enraged and murders Fred in cold blood. Roxie soon finds herself behind bars alongside Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones), a sexy vaudeville star who used to perform with her sister until Velma discovered that her sister had been sleeping with her husband. Velma shot them both dead, and, after scheming prison matron "Mama" Morton hooks Velma up with hotshot lawyer Billy Flynn (Richard Gere), Velma becomes the new Queen of the scandal sheets. Roxie is just shrewd enough to realize that her poor fortune could also bring her fame, so she convinces Amos to also hire Flynn. Soon Flynn is splashing Roxie's story — or, more accurately, a highly melodramatic revision of Roxy's story — all over the gutter press, and Roxy and Velma are soon battling neck-to-neck over who can win greater fame through the headlines. A project that had been moving from studio to studio since the musical opened on Broadway in 1973, Chicago also features guest appearances by Lucy Liu and Christine Baranski. — Mark Deming

Edition Details
Barcode 786936219197
Region Region 1
Chapters 20
Release Date 11/3/2004
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Stereo
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Original
User Text 1 Sexual content and dialogue, violence and thematic elements.
User Text 2 With the right song and dance, you can get away with murder.
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Trivia: The 1996 smash Broadway revival renewed interest, and new names became leading candidates for starring roles, including Goldie Hawn and Madonna. Nicholas Hytner was brought in as director, and he had Wendy Wasserstein re-write Larry Gelbart's script. The project again went on hold when Madonna withdrew and Nicole Kidman chose to do Moulin Rouge! (2001) instead. (more)

Goofs: Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Velma is complaining to Mama, she says a line that goes, "I just can't take anymore. I can't go anywhere without hearing about that dumb tomato!" Velma is seen leaning against the wall. She then takes in a breath and says the first couple of words while her mouth is still closed and she is walking forward. (more)

Quotes: Billy Flynn: I don't care about expensive things / Cashmere coats, Diamond rings / Don't mean a thing / All I care about is love / That's what I'm here for. (more)

Awards: Won 6 Oscars. Another 30 wins & 52 nominations (more)